Different Versions of Math 095

There are several options available for students who wish to take Math 095. The course is offered in the following formats:

  1. In a traditional classroom setting meeting three days per week for 50 minutes per class meeting;
  2. In a computer lab five days per week for 50 minutes per class meeting using the ALEKS software;
  3. In conjunction with Math 090 in a computer lab, meeting 5 days per week, twice a day (75 minutes in the morning and 50 minutes in the afternoon);
  4. In conjunction with Math 105 in a computer lab, meeting 5 days per week, twice a day (75 minutes in the morning and 50 minutes in the afternoon);
  5. In a hybrid format, meeting face-to-face for only one 50 minute class meeting per week;
  6. In a completely online format with no face-to-face meetings.

1. Traditional

The first version is the familiar one and needs no further explanation. However, all students who take 095 in the traditional setting are now required to complete homework online and fulfill the expectations of the Basic Skills Testing Program. Be sure you understand the Basic Skills Tests. More information can be found in the section on Basic Skills Tests.

2. ALEKS

In the second format, students attend class meetings in a computer lab five days per week and work with computer adaptive testing software, called ALEKS, to monitor their mastery of the course material. This style is ideal for the highly motivated student who has experienced some success with beginning algebra and who is looking for a class format that will allow that student to focus on those parts of the material that the student has previously found difficult. In addition to doing homework and assessments via the internet, students are also required to turn in written work. Assessments are taken in class in a monitored format.

3. Combined 090/095

In the third option students are given the opportunity to complete both Math 090 and Math 095 in the same semester. Classes meet twice a day, every day, and are taught using a combination of small group instruction and individual tutoring in conjunction with computer adaptive testing software from ALEKS. This format is ideal for the highly motivated student who is looking to complete the developmental mathematics sequence in one semester in order to begin college-level work sooner. Students who want to enroll in these sections will actually register for the new course number Math 094. These sections have mandatory attendance and homework policies.

4. Combined 095/105

In the fourth version students are afforded the opportunity to complete both Math 095 and Math 105 in the same semester. Classes meet twice a day, every day, and are taught using a combination of small group instruction and individual tutoring in conjunction with computer adaptive testing software from ALEKS. This style is ideal for the highly motivated student who needs to complete Math 105 in order to take further courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, etc. It is not recommended for students who will take Math 105 for the sole purpose of completing the General Education Requirement in mathematics. Students who register for these sections must also register for the corresponding sections of Math 105. These sections have mandatory attendance and homework policies.

5. Hybrid Online/Traditional

In the fifth option, students attend class meetings in a regular classroom. However, due to the reduced face-to-face time, students are expected to do most of the learning on their own. Students use the university course management system, Desire to Learn (D2L) for online discussions and the ALEKS software for mastering the mathematical content. This type requires that students be highly motivated and have good time management skills since so much of the work is on their own.

6. Online Only

In addition to the above five choices, a completely online version of Math 095 was offered for the first time in the fall of 2009, also using the ALEKS software. This format is similar to the hybrid course but there are no face-to-face meetings. In particular, students use the university course management system, Desire to Learn (D2L) for online discussions and the ALEKS software for mastering the mathematical content. This type requires that students be highly motivated and have good time management skills since all of the work is on their own.


These different versions have been developed to offer students options for completing the Math 095 course. The objective for all of these courses is not to “get the students through the material” as is often thought, but rather to have students master the material of the course. (All students have at least one more math course they will have to take after completing Math 095.) Students have different learning styles and can achieve this mastery in different ways and in differing amounts of time. By offering these various options for the course, we hope that each student can find a version that is best for her/him to actually learn the material of the course.

Students interested in any of the last three options are strongly encouraged to complete a free trial of the ALEKS software by going to www.aleks.com before registering for any sections using ALEKS. However, students should not purchase any ALEKS access without consulting with Mrs. Kohlmetz, or Professor Eric Key (ericskey@uwm.edu).

Instructors who are interested in teaching with ALEKS should contact the Course Coordinator or Professor Eric Key. We are always looking for instructors to teach these courses!